So it is only in the last week or 2 that I have even realised that Christmas is soon upon us. Back home in Northern Ireland Christmas season begins as soon as Halloween is over. Actually people start thinking of Christmas even before that 🤦🏼♂️. However, for me, I usually start to get into the spirit of Christmas at the end of November. Although not this year. It is so hot in Sydney (summer time) that the idea of Christmas seems a million light years away. There has also been a lack of Christmas trees and Christmas tunes…or maybe back home we are way over the top with it all. Even when you do spot a Christmas tree, it just doesn’t seem to fit into your idea of Christmas.
I was chatting to an older lady the other day about not feeling like Christmas here and she rightly said that summer is all she knows at Christmas and for her it would be strange to be freezing, never mind seeing snow. I guess it is just what we are used to and opening up to the idea of seeing it from another perspective, like anything really.
With that in mind, I have been looking out for Christmas feels. We took a walk this evening in Sydney’s CBD as I had seen that the street had reopened to the public following tram line work. It has been decorated beautifully for Christmas and provided me with my first Christmas feeling🙌🏼. It really is something special to behold and gives Sydney a Melbourne/European feel.
Following some Christmas shopping (where I noticed Christmas songs playing 🙏🏼) we headed over to see The Lights of Christmas at St Mary’s Cathedral. Here a choir sings Christmas carols for an hour which was really lovely. Afterwards the light show commences, displaying an array of images and storytelling projected onto this magnificent cathedral. It was amazing to watch and 100% made me get into the Christmas spirit. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in Sydney. It is a free event and open to everyone.
Now that I am finally and officially in the Christmas spirit, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.